Project Coordinator: Indigenous Knowledge Systems Documentation Centre (IKSDC) (contract appointmen

South Africa
Nov 27, 2017
Dec 08, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Faculty Humanities

Centre for Africa Studies

Project Coordinator: Indigenous Knowledge Systems Documentation Centre (IKSDC) (contract appointment: 1 year)

Job ID: 2152


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct stakeholder analysis to identify stakeholders, determine the requirements, define the relationship between them and regularly liaise with those stakeholders;
  • Establish the office for the IKSDC Project;
  • Develop a project plan or research proposal for the implementation of the IKSDC Project over three years that clearly identifies the parameters of the project;
  • Implement the project plan of the IKSDC Project and the IKSDC research objectives of IK collection, storage, and dissemination;
  • Manage all administrative logistical arrangements pertaining to the project required during the implementation of the project;
  • Identify IK holders/practitioners/communities;
  • Identify possible candidates for the IK Community Coordinator and Recorder roles;
  • Manage the appointed IK Community Coordinator and data recorders.
  • Formalise legal requirements with stakeholders in full consultation with the requisite institutional structures at the UFS and the Department of Science and Technology;
  • Design materials on IKS for developmentworkers in IKS, practitioners and holders where deemed necessary;
  • Participate in interdisciplinary research on IKS where deemed necessary;
  • Assist in the formulation of policies and design technical assistance programmes based on IK;
  • Provide documentation training to the IK Community Coordinator and recorders;
  • Commence the recordal activities and capturing of data in the NIKMAS Catalogue and Digital Library;
  • Disseminate results to communities through review, information events, for instance exhibits or displays, and media;
  • Regularly report to the UFS Steering Committee and the Project Advisor on the implementation of the IKSDC Project and its concomitant expenditure;
  • Take part in activities as required by the institutional host, the Centre for Africa Studies.

    Inherent requirements:

    • Appropriate coordination/research experience of at least five (5) years in research and/or community projects related to indigenous knowledge systems, and/or heritage and/or the rights of First Nations.
    • Technical experience with film and photographic documentation and editing
    • Driver's License as the person will be required to travel and work in various communities


    Required competencies:

    • Proven ability to work independently within a broader research project.
    • Fluency in English.
    • At least basic competency in Afrikaans and Sesotho.
    • Strong communication and writing skills.
    • Ability to work independently.
    • Problem-solving skills.
    • Organisation and coordination skills.
    • People management skills.
    • Basic skills in MS Office.



    • Two (2) to three (3) years’ working experience (managerial experience will be an advantage).
    • Experience in Indigenous Knowledge research/ documenting.
    • Strong community engagement background.
    • Familiarity with UFS systems
    • Familiarity with video editing skills.
    • Technical affinity.
    • Involvement in community development programmes or appropriate research projects.
    • Background knowledge of the field of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and the rights of first nations in South Africa.


    Assumption of duties:

    2 January 2018.


    Closing date:

    08 December 2017.



    The salary scale is available on request. For any further enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 3687/ 9161/ 3221.


    Fringe benefits:

    (Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.



    The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.



    Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only.  Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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